Miller of Eldon FFA Chapter named Area 8 Star in Agribusiness
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Abigail Miller of the Eldon FFA Chapter as the Area 8 Star Agribusiness and one of four finalists at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Charles Jr. and Christi Miller of Olean. Her advisors are Nick Parks, Gary Reichel and Jason Twenter.
Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 8 includes 24 chapters in the Central District.
MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards as well as the State Star in Agribusiness Award.
Miller’s SAE involves cattle, swine, goats, hunting dogs, poultry and caring for animals at Brookshire Hills Farms, Olean. Miller raises replacement heifers, bulls and steers. She also shows steers and breeding stock. She rents eight cows to place embryos in for neighbors. Miller exhibits market hogs and breeding gilts, then sells them for freezer pork. Miller also exhibits goats. She also has three Brittney Spaniel hunting dogs, which she breeds and sells puppies from to be used as quail hunting dogs. Miller has 15 laying hens. She also sells Cornish Cross broilers privately and to Covered Bridge Market, Russellville, and Clenen Farm Supply, California. At Brookshire Hills Farms, she cares for llamas, dairy goats, exotic chickens and alpacas.
Miller currently serves as area president and chapter president. She has competed in agricultural issues forum and FFA knowledge leadership development events, and livestock evaluation and horse evaluation and selection career development events. Miller won the Missouri Pork Producers FFA Pork Speaking Contest. She won the diversified livestock proficiency award.
In addition to FFA, Miller has served as executive president of student council, and strategy officer for the speech and theater club. She also is a member of National Honor Society, spanish club and science club. For two years, she participated in softball. Outside of school, Miller is a member of her church’s youth group.
After graduating high school, Miller’s plans include attending University of Missouri, Columbia, to study animal science, spanish and captive wildlife management. Miller said she hopes to earn her doctorate and become a wildlife biologist.
The Missouri FFA has 25,662 members representing 351 chapters. The national organization has more than 760,000 members representing 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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Pictured from front left: Chuck Miller, Abigail Miller, and Christy Miller.
From back left: Advisors Nick Parks and Gary Reichel